hjenkins at SW.rr.com
Thu Jan 10 20:19:04 CST 2008
I have German documents from the 1400s on for the other side of my family.
I have given the papers to several people - no one can read them. I have
been told that the writing is an old form, poor script, and uneducated. A
95 year old native of Germany could not read them. Luckily, my maiden name
had easily recognizable letters so I could find the pages where my family is
The letter below made me wonder if anyone in this group has a suggestion as
to how I can find someone to read these papers.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Prudie and Ray Marose" <chitownguy5 at comcast.net>
To: <TerminiImerese at comunesofitaly.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:06 AM
Subject: [TI] Handwriting
>I always have trouble reading the handwriting of 1850 Sicily on documents.
> I work in a Middle School and I recently wrote a thank note to one of the
> students for a Christmas gift. He is an 8th grade Honor Student.
> He told me he has a very hard time reading cursive,. They learn it in 5th
> grade. From then on they print any written notes and type the rest.
> So cursive is secret code only those over a certain age can read.
> In the future genealogists will find most documents typed, but reading
> hand written notes or notations on the backs of pictures will be a
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